On page 21 of the [Chabad women's] Neshei Newsletter, we have an article about the power of words. Basically a typical story about a guy who blasts Chabad because his wife comes home late from a lubavitch event. Then the guy suddenly gets sick and is in so much pain that he needs to be hospitalized for some time. After shlepping from hospital to hospital, he realizes the error of his ways, apologizes to the person who taught the shiur and begs forgiveness from Chabad in general. He finally ends up with some tefillin that were left in a taxi which belonged to a Lubavitcher. After he does the mitzva and returns these tefillin... miracle of miracles... the pains in his body subside and he is cured! Hooray! Boruch Hashem Yom Yom.
On page 58 of the same issue, a woman writes in to blast women who do not dress modestly. Those of us who wear low necklines and tight skirts are not to be trusted in halacha because we do not respect halacha. Even our husbands are suspect because how can they eat the food from our kitchens and be really frum? On and on. The next paragraph goes like this: Some call this dress Modern Orthodox. Modern Orthodoxy finds every possible heter or not possible heter as an excuse for leniency and sometimes gives logic precedence over Torah. They try to first be secular and then to fit Judaism into their lives somehow.
So after some careful thought, I figured it out. Hashem only doesn't like when people speak ill of Lubavitch. So people who intend to blast chabad should be careful lest they fall prey to some mysterious illness. But those who blast Modern Orthodoxy, have no fear, that is fine. Hashem loves that and will probably give you some extra credit brownie points.
In fact, in the very same issue, we have another article which explains this concept even further. On page 34, Rabbi Shusterman explains that truth is more important than peace. Because if one chooses peace over truth, the truth is lost... and the peace, if achieved will be superficial and will not last. If one chooses truth over peace, one has truth for sure and theres a good chance one will, in the long run, gain lasting peace as well.
Good advice to keep in mind during those stupid marriage fights we all have. Whose turn is it to take out the trash? Who was supposed to go shopping and who missed taking the kids to their swimming lesson? The truth, Rabbi Shusterman teaches us, is more important than peace.
Anyway, it's gonna be a long time before the Messiah shows his face 'round here. How many different factions of Judaism think that only their own version is the authentic truth?
In a related post titled "Hypocrisy,", she writes about a rabbi who lies to Jew to get the Jew to bury his mother according to normative Jewish law. Is lying okay in kiruv, she asks? Then she tells a story that goes back to so many of the discussions we've had here regarding the inferior status of non-Jews in Jewish law and theology:
There is a new organization [run by Lubavitchers] called AskNoah. It is for gentiles who wish to observe the Sheva Mitzvos. The Neshei article has a whole big feature on what a great and inspirational effort this all is. It would be very nice, except that a while ago, I met one of the founders. Stayed in his home for shabbos. At one point, he and his wife were discussing a pleasant experience that they had with a kind gentile worker or neighbor or something. He then says, "this guy was so nice, it was almost like he was Jewish."
Why, if you are a gentile, would you possibly want to learn rules from someone who thinks you are an inferior being?
Our more recent discussions of non-Jews in Jewish law and theology can be found here: